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I have emacs 25.1.1 on Ubuntu 16.04 and have been trying to browse with its built in eww browser.

I start with M-x eww.

Then I type in my search keyword. DuckDuckgo displays a list of search results as expected. However if I navigate (using C-n, C-p, C-f, and C-b) to a link and try to follow it (return) DuckDuckgo fails, displaying:

'Oops, there was an error. Please try again.

If it persists, please email ops@duckduckgo.com'

Any ideas as to how to diagnose this problem? Essentially I cannot browse with eww, although firefox and google-chrome work fine (whether I use DuckDuckgo or google search).

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I think the problem occurs because DDG is doing a JavaScript redirect to the selected link. You can disable this by adding "kd=-1" into the URL query string. This doesn't help specifically with running eww (although I'm sure it's easy enough to fix) but you can work around it by using a custom function to kick off a DDG search:

(defun duckduckgo (search-string)
  "Search Duck Duck Go for SEARCH-STRING.

Use kd=-1 to turn off redirecting - seems to be required in order
for result links to work in DDG."
  (interactive "sDuckDuckGo for: ")
  (let ((url-format "https://duckduckgo.com/html/?q=%s&kd=-1"))
    (eww (format url-format (url-hexify-string search-string)))))

Edit - in fact it looks as if you ought to be able to just set eww-search-prefix to something like "https://duckduckgo.com/html/?kd=-1&q=".

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